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the spot light this week. very high profile test in u.s. district court here in washington regarding texas's new laws which is causing quite a bit of controversy. how important are voter id laws? what types should be in place. here are the numbers to call, democrats 202-737-0001, republicans 202-737-0002 and independents 202-628-0205. if there's a law in your state, please tell us exactly what it does give us your thoughts. here is the front page of this morning's dallas morning news. story by todd gillman. texas and u.s. lay out voter id arguments. todd gillman join us by phone. give us a history of this texas law and how it came to arise in federal court here in washington? guest: people have been trying to get a federal id law in texas going back at least about 15 years and in fact, at one point as the republican backers of the current law that's being challenged. like to point out some liberal democrats at one point actually supported the law as well. it passed the texas house in 2005, 2007 but died in the senate. eventually in the 2011 legislature, there was a rule change that the r
. with one person voting present. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. session: madam speaker, by direction of the committee on rules, i call up house resolution 724 and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 144, house resolution 724, resolved, that upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the house the bill, h.r. 6079, to repeal the patient protection and affordable care act and health care related provisions in the health care and education reconciliation act of 2010. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. the bill shall be considered as read. all points of order against provisions in the bill are waived. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and any amendment thereto to final passage without intervening motion except one, five hours of debate with 30 minutes equally divided and controlled by the majority leader and minority leader or their respective designees. 60 minutes equa
the gentleman from texas, mr. poe, for five minutes. mr. poe: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. poe: mr. speaker, for years the united states has used droughns to track terrorists overseas, catch outlaws along the border, and other lawful purposes. now thousands of droughns are headed to the homeland. the f.a.a. plans to allow expanded use of droughns to operate nationwide by -- drones to operate nationwide by the year 2015. it is estimated by 2020, 30,000 of them will be flying in american skies. yes, mr. speaker, the drones are coming. who will operate these drones and what will be their mission? could it be a suspicious government agent who thinks someone looks kind of funny? the e.p.a. bureaucrat to monitor somebody's farm and watch bessie the cow graze in the pasture? or a nosey neighbor who wants to make sure someone's shutters are pretty and the flowers don't violate the homeowners association rules? or could it be a legitimate and lawful and legal purpose of drones that doesn't violate the
to the distinguished chairman of the trade subcommittee, the gentleman from texas, mr. brady. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. brady: thank you, mr. chairman. in the border state we have a lot of people here who are mott legal. as a result, we struggle to provide health care across our state. obamacare will make it worse, will make it harder to help familiar lows. this chart lays out the new health care law, affects every one of you in america. this is the result of that 2,800-page bill. what the supreme court left in place was 159 new federal agencies and bureaucracies in between you and your doctor. what they left in place was 21 new tax increases, a dozen of which hit middle-class families like yourself right in the pocketbook. what it left in place is half a trillion dollars of cuts to our local hospitals, our home health care agencies, our nursing homes, even hospice care, when people are dying, they left in place those cuts. and today, you'll hear when i finish, the ranking member will tell you all the sugar and spice about obamacare in texas. what he wo
to in my hometown and lives in texas now but parts of the new hospital is named after. somebody who delivered me and was there when my mom was delivered as well. dr. pierce was my doctor's name. but with the health care bill, the rest of america gets dr. washington. dr. washington is going to make health care decisions for the american people. if you are sick and need help, you better have the approval of dr. washington first, because dr. washington has a board of bureaucrats that will decide for you what kind of treatment you may or may not receive. dr. washington is going to ensure you have a $1,200 increase in health care premiums if you are the average american family. that's what happened after the first year of the president's health care takeover. you will have a 1% increase in your premium for individuals and families who can buy coverage on their own as if the law hadn't been enacted at all. a 13% increase if the law hadn't been enacted at all. going back to colorado talking to business owners, they talk about what their costs will be. families talk about the insurance that
out and bring significant amount of rain to eastern parts of texas as well in towards the tennessee valley and mid-atlantic states. a lot of moisture moving in towards the southeast. it will be a bit gloomy but means that temperatures are really dropping down. look at monday's temperatures. 86 in minneapolis. around the 80's in the great lakes. still a little bit above average but much improved where we've been in the last 30 days. a big pattern shift that will make everybody very, very happy. >> shannon: a welcomed one. thanks very much. >> you bet. >> shannon: a north carolina teen has been in a coma for more than a year and now the hospital is fighting his father to determine who will make his medical decisions. is the hospital overstepping its bounds or doing its duty for a patient? we'll have a fair and balanced debate. the navy turns to biofuel to fuel its green fleet. we'll tell you why next. [ male announcer ] this is anna, her long day teaching the perfect swing begins with back pain and a choice. take advil, and maybe have to take up to four in a day. or take aleve, which
with this legislation. california, texas, new york saying we want to be able to do this but we also don't want to change our sales tax rules to have some kind of uniformity for these interstate transactions taking place, and that is what comes back on the shoulders of the congress because we have the ultimate responsibility for writing the law, related to interstate commerce and doing so in a fair manner not only for the brick and mortar businesses but also for the small businesses that are at this point in time i think still confronted with a very complex many thousands of multitudes more complex than a business in in your state or another state numbing what the state's requirements are and only having to meet the requirements of the state. so i commend the author of the legislation, and i commend all of you for trying to find a way to simplify. but i would urge you to work further to bring about more simplification in terms of a definition to each state that wants to purchase of in this, we have one definition. i would prefer to see one rate, three is better than 9,000 some. but i would prefer to see
is challenging a new voter i.d. law in texas saying it violates the 1965 voting rights act. that law was aimed at protecting minority voters. attorney general eric holder says the texas law amounts to a poll tax since some voters may have to pay for new i.d. cards. attorneys for texas claim the law will not keep any eligible minority voters from going to the polls. 17 states have some kind of voter i.d. law. experts say this battle could lead to the supreme court deciding the fate of the voting rights act itself. >> lawyers for the man who killed an unarmed florida teenager are asking for a new judge in the case because of concerns about bias. george zimmerman is facing shooting teenager trayvon martin in february. >> lawyers disqualify the judge who is hearing the case. the lawyers pointed to the judge's comments bail for zimmerman earlier this month. in the judge's bail order he accused zimmerman of manipulating the system and planning to flee to avoid prosecution. zimmerman's lawyers say, quote, the court makes gratuitous disparaging remarks about mr. zimmerman's character. advocates for mr
of a malware attack that could infect tens of thousands of people. >>> texas require voters to show photo i.d. at the polls? a panel of judges will hear that case today. >>> can this woman do something no other american has ever done before. we'll talk to the american who is the world judo champion about her chances for bringing gold for this country for the first time ever in judo. at the olympics. welcome back, everyone to "early start." it is nice to have you with us. i'm ashleigh banfield. >> i'm ali velshi, i'm in for zoraida. >>> this is cnn breaking news. >> president obama is holding a big event in the white house rose garden later this morning to resurrect the battle over the bush tax cuts. he'll be surrounded by working-class americans while he calls on congress to enasked tax cuts for everyone making $250,000 a year or less. republicans want the tax cuts extended for the wealthy as well. the white house will be busy framing the tax cut debate this week with the events planned in new hampshire, colorado, and florida. republicans want the tax cuts extended for all of americans, eve
taking texas to court for trying to suppress the vote but something sneaky just turned up in the fed's key piece of evidence. was there a secret political motive involved? >> and these buildings were supposed to save the environment but at what cost? turns out they are killing animals instead. [ male announcer ] what's in your energy drink? ♪ wer surge, let it blow your mind. [ male announcer ] for fruits, veggies and natural green tea energy... new v8 v-fusion plus energy. could've had a v8. >> 16 minutes after the top of the hour. new controversy surrounding the department of justice's battle with texas. it has to do with the voter i.d. law there. >> house republicans claim the d.o.j. has turned to a highly partisan liberal research firm called catalyst to help block the law there with the d.o.j. argues discriminates against hispanics. joining us now is texas congressman ted poe, member of the house judiciary committee. good to see you, sir. congressman, tell us what the problem is with the particular firm the department of justice hired. >> the department of justice is, with
to the author of this bill, the gentleman from texas, the man who understands that not knowing should never be an answer, mr. paul. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. issa: two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: for two minutes. mr. paul: i thank the gentleman for yielding. i rise obviously in strong support of this legislation. i don't know how anybody could be against transparency and they want secrecy, especially when the secrecy is to protect individuals who deal in trillions of dollars, much bigger than what the congress does, and these trillions of dollars bail out all the wealthy , rich people, the banks and the big corporations, international, overseas banks, bailing out europe, dealing with central banks around europe, around europe, and different places. and so say that we should have secrecy and say that it's political to have transparency, well, it's very political when you have a federal reserve that can bail out one company and not another company. that's pretty political. i know when people talk about independence and having this privacy of th
duty, building trenches. digging ditches. really hard manual labor, primarily in texas and louisiana. and the monument behind me is a monument to the soldiers of the 62nd and 65th united states colored infantry. in january of 1866, the war was over, these soldiers of the 62nd were about to be mustard out at fort mcintosh, texas and began talking around a campfire, how can we pass this legacy of learning onto the freed man back in missouri? they began to talk about raising money. they pledged money. they gave money. and it was an extraordinary sacrifice. some of these soldiers, privates in the united states, colored infantry were earning as little as a $113 a year. some of them gave $100. almost a year's wages to start this institute. they gave their money and pledges to a second lieutenant, named richard baxter foster, who was a congregationalist minister, educated at dartmouth. in the summer of 1866 when it began to appear that lincoln institute might be established in jefferson city, a local newspaper ran an editorial opposing that move and expressed the fear if jefferson city beca
right. also coming up, texas industries breaks the jinx, wells fargo pays the heavy price for heavy practice, and one last cup of joe for the road. your early morning business headlines are straight ahead. >>> plus we'll tell you what new film is set to end the quick reign of "spider-man at the box office. >>> coming up impressive start for usa basketball and the olympic start is over for one member of the dream team. you're watching "early today." >>> good morning and welcome back to "early today." i'm lynn berry, and here are some of your top headlines this morning. syrian activists are reporting a new massacre of more than a hundred people yesterday in central hamas province. "the new york times" says there are reports of more than 200 killed, which would be the worst massacre during the syrian uprising. >>> "the washington post" reports first lady michelle obama was allegedly the target of a threat by a police officer in the district of columbia. the officer allegedly said he would shoot the first lady and then use his phone to retrieve a picture of the firearm he said he would
obama's healthcare overhaul. >> and police in texas arrest a criminal using a wendy's drive through for more than just fast food. what the man was sneaking into customers' bags that is getting him locked up for decades. that and much, much more coming up on the news at 10. at 10.  . >>> governors from all over the country are in virginia tonight. they're here for a three-day bipartisan national governor's association meeting. one of the hot topics is the federal healthcare reform plan. peter deucey has more. >> reporter: more than half of america's governors are here in williamsburg, about 2 1/2 weeks after the supreme court said there won't be a penalty for any state that has a governor and who decides not to expand their medicaid programs under the affordable care act. some state executives here say they glad that they'll be able to opt out if they want to, since there is some concern about what their tab will be in three years when the federal government the figure stops paying the medicade expansion. >> if you want us to expand medicaid and you noon going to give us the abilit
to the military future. states rights vs. civil rights as texas gets ready to argue its voter i.d. law is legal and the justice department is overstepping its bounds. all that and jack's snack packs. meet a little guy on a very big mission to give the troops a little taste of home. i'm shannon bream. "america's news headquarters" live from the nation's capital starts right now. >> shannon: syria is staging a big show of military might in what appears to be a warning to other countries. stay out of its conflict. syria's state-run news agency says the military is conducting exercises to help troops ready to turn back outside aggression. peter doocy joins us live with details. hello, peter. >> hi, shannon. it was four months ago that kofi anaan laid out the six point peace plan as part of his duty as the special u.n. envoy and the first part of that plan called for a cease-fire but that did not catch on and neither did the rest of the plan so now, anaan says so far, the peace process has failed telling a french newspaper that "significant efforts have been made to try to resolve this situation pea
tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the chairman from texas is recognized. mr. smith: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentleman from texas, mr. gohmert, who is a distinguished jurist before he became a member of congress and then a distinguished member of the judiciary committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for one minute. mr. gohmert: thank you, mr. speaker. i can verify that there are people who have already lost their insurance because of obamacare. . it is not true that if you like your insurance, you can keep it. people have lost doctors who were assured if you like your doctor you can keep them. that is not true. we were told there would be no tax. and that's not true. in fact, in the bill itself, one of the most devastating things, if you are a single individual and making 133% of the poverty level, you are making $14,000 and can't afford $12,000 insurance policy, you are going to be fined at 2 1/2%. it is a tax. it will devastate. you make $40,000, a family of four, five, six, $1,000 fine because you can't afford a $12,000 policy, th
a texas instruments, most blaming the slowdown from europe. markets are down worldwide after that disappointing jobs report on friday here in the united states. and a georgia banker has gone missing, so has $17 million. aubry lee price is accused of defrauding more than 100 investors. he disappeared and left what appears to be a rambling suicide note. but atlanta journal constitution says federal investigators believe that price is still alive and possibly in south america. $44 million, not bad for a day's work for a few hours this week, william johnson was the ceo of duke energy. the former ceo of progress energy, where he worked, signed a three-year contract to head up duke once the two companies merged. he assumed the position on july 2nd. the next day by so-called mutual agreement, he was out, replaced by duke's former chief executive. johnson leaves with a severance package worth $44 million. christine, we've got to do a little digging to see how he earned the $44 million. it sounds a little odd to get $44 million for a day's worth of work. >> mutual agreement isn't alwa
: the gentlelady yields back. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. poe, for five minutes. mr. poe: thank you, mr. speaker. indiana prison inmate ryan grimminger collected unemployment benefits during his two-year sentence in the county jail for a drug crime. he collected $14,000 of taxpayer money. he was in jail and the government continued to pay him any way. only in america will we pay people in jail because they are unemployed. grimminger should not have obtained money from honest american taxpayers but he did. government is becoming incompetent when it comes to paying unemployment benefits. according to cnn the federal government overpaid $14 billion in unemployment benefits just last year. that means 11% of all jobless benefits paid out were not supposed to be paid to those individuals. those overpayments that should have gone to people in need were sent by government to those who didn't deserve any money. you see, not all payments are to honest people who are looking for jobs and are out of work. inmate grimminger's case is bad, but there's more. a convicted killer, murderer
to california. they go to texas and colorado or florida or someplace like that. we are not seeing the benefit of it. this has popped up at town meetings i have had for a long time and i just wonder how much that seeps through legislative thinking. i don't know. i just know i've heard that. >> i think one reason for the increase in scholarships like the hope scholarship or broad-based merit scholarship which gives every student and a or a thee and $4000 to go to a tennessee institution is the hope of having gone to the university of tennessee they will stay in tennessee and which i think is a valid gold starting with georgia and that makes a difference but that is interesting observation. >> thank you very much. senator merkley. >> thank you mr. chair. >> i'm sorry, senator franken was next. i apologize. i got out of line. >> i withdraw, thank you. [laughter] >> i didn't look at my list here. >> i will take his and i will raise it one. dr. leath you have testified about some of the information that iowa state university includes on its financial aid award letters including information about st
back into the east right now. i'm also tracking rain across texas. i'll have more on that coming up in the next half hour. >> i noticed it was 93 in orlando today. >> yes. >> you'll be happy to be in new york. >> a little cooler here. >> thanks, brian. appreciate it. >>> at a time when so many people are looking for work, we've found an employer so desperate to fill jobs, he's offering an amazing perk. >> this is such an incredible story. it's not just a paid vacation. the company gives you cash money you can use to go anywhere you want. but as clayton sandell explains, there is a catch. >> reporter: at a time when more companies seem to be dumping workers, bart can't find enough. >> we're a competitor for the top talent. >> reporter: to recruit and keep happy programmers turning out lines of code. the flip-flop-wearing founder and ceo of this denver internet start-up is now offering what he calls paid paid vacation. >> $7,500, before taxes. >> reporter: you heard right. every employee gets 7,500 bucks every year for a dream vacation to anywhere. but the guy who may be the best boss
we were the only ones who heard it. scott in texas, scott. >> caller: jim, boo-yah, home of the houston, texas, the football team of texas. >> future home of jeremy lin because new york doesn't want to play up. what's up? >> caller: bmy. >> bristol myers. >> caller: do you feel this will have a favorable or unfavorable effect on the bmy shares if they are, in fact, successful in their effort to make the acquisition? >> i think it's huge. i was in mexico talking about how brilliant this acquisition would be. it will help deal with the patent cliff. bristol myers is one of the greatest companies in the world. i want to go to chris in new york right now. >> caller: how are you, jim in boo-ya h. i would like to know about orex they arapeuti therapeutics. >> these are all battlegrounds. and one of the things that i said about vivus that was very clear was if you owned it, i would sell half of it. this group is very volatile. if you want to speculate, i'm going to bless it, but just don't be greedy. ed aing between the lines to find investing ideas is one of the greatest things
seman, texas a&m university, chief research officer and vice president for research testified, and i quote, federal agencies and federal regulators must reduce and/or eliminate unnecessary, overly burdensome, and/or redundant regulatory and reporting obligations for universities and their faculty in order to maximize investments more directly into research priorities and allow faculty time to be optimally utilized. dr. leslie tolbert, university of arizona, senior vice president for research testified, again i quote, the growing burden of compliance with the increasing numbers and complexity of federal regulations consumes increasing amounts of time and money, having less for more direct support for research. finally, dr. james sedow, vice provost for research at my alma mater, duke university, testified that research universities have been subjected to and i quote, growing number of research related compliance regulation that is have flowed down from federal agencies over the past 10 to 15 years, and that record, the research related and quality assurance cost to duke between 2000 a
in the first place because their economies are not based upon the same premise as the louisiana and texas economy, then this is that recipe. this is what we're voting on here today. i reserve the balance of my time. . the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from washington is recognized mr. hastings: i rise to claim time in opposition to the amendment. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. hastings: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. hastings: mr. chairman, let's be very frank. this amendment won't increase safety but will add red tape and open new avenues for lawsuits to interfere with the process of creating american energy and creating american jobs. the types of safety measures identified in the amendment are already in place and they are already enforceable. on multiple occasion occasions, the obama administration has said operations are being conducted safely. with this amendment, the minority tries to divert attention away from the real issue of increasing energy production, american energy p
. that is up from our e-mail. dallas, texas, on our line for democrats -- caller: good morning. i am totally upset with congress. why are they on recess again? they will not do their jobs and if they knew sequestration was coming up but they don't want to act because they don't want tthe defense budget to be cut. host: is your message to them? what should they do? caller: they should do their job. if you pass a law, go through with it. let it go through. don't change your mind at the last minute because of special interests that are being paid. that is the bottom line. that is the problem. congress is being influenced by all the money and the supreme court made that clear. host: the lead story in this morning's "the washington times" - back to the phones, our discussion on your message to congress on sequestration, for royal, va., on our line for republicans. are you there? to right, let's move on philadelphia -- caller: how are you? what's your message to congress on sequestration? caller: my message is leaded k again. my message is democrats in the senate and house -- why aren't you workin
this country. host: houston, texas, reginald. asking about wealth and whether it is an impossible dream. caller: when the government accountability of this came out and said we misappropriated $52 billion out of the pentagon were spending budget, they have no accountability for it. those are dollars that could go to medicare programs, the medical program that he had and also for social security. unless you are the military industrial complex, when the government is dealing without any accountability and oversight of military dollars, obama, libya, those things, it is difficult for the note -- middle-class and lower class to raise up. host: have you connect that to wealth? caller: when you create jobs, when you create waits for people to survive and provide for health care insurance and for jobs for long term stability, able or disabled, it increases and empowers the people. that is why it dr. -- was against the war because war takes away opportunities from the economy. host: of about the idea of achieving wealth is based on himself or herself? caller: not when the government misappropriates dol
destroyed. >>> in texas, lightning strikes killed two men near a soccer field. the victims were among a group playing sock where a storm came up. they took shelter under a tree. one of the men was killed immediately. he was found with a large hole in his heel where that lightning struck. >> then i heard what sounded like a bomb go off. i looked to my left. and i could see the lightning strike hit the top of the tree, go all the way down to this person on the ground. >> there was three of them. one of them, he was breathing. then two of them stopped breathing. but one, they got to him. they got him alive. on was killed by aago another lightning bolt. 13 people have died in the u.s. this year from lightning strikes. >>> the drought gripping much of the nation's farmland means less food for those who need it most. food banks are running short of local fresh produce. private and commercial gardeners usually donate their extra crops but not this year. >> a lot of those farmers who would like to be able to do that just don't have the extra product. they either don't have from it the get-go
of texas. representing the 14th district. he's been running for president although no longer actively campaigning. has not officially suspended his bid. his path includes libertarian party nomination for president in 1988. he served as an air force flight surgeon, served in the u.s. house. he's a doctor and served in the military in the air force. and the air national guard. we have democratic caller, libertarian more specifically on the line from new jersey. chris joins us. hi. caller: hi. good morning. just want to start off by saying how much we appreciate what you do, dr. paul. i was one of the few who was in philadelphia watching you. it was a magical day. the economics of the drug policy, i heard you touch on it earlier, it's an issue that is almost under talked about. and definitely want to hear so more people can understand it. from an economic point of view. guest: very good. there is not enough attention paid to it. i do talk about it at times. maybe not enough. but it is a big economic issue. since the 1970's and modern day war on drugs we have spent literally trillions of
of the chair, the ayes have it and the amendment is adopted. the gentleman from texas. >> mr. chairman, i have an amendment. the clerk: amendment offered by mr. sessions of texas. page 9, line 6, after the dollar amount insert reduced by $10 million. page 35, line 15, after the dollar amount insert increase by $10 million. page 35, line 23, after the dollar amount insert increased by $10 million. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. sessions: i would like to recognize both the gentlemen, mr. dicks and mr. young for their outstanding service not only to our country but to this congress on behalf of making sure we have freedom and the men and women that protect this country, i express my gratitude to both of them. i thank mr. rogers and the gentleman from new jersey, who is from the committee here today and i want to thank him also. i stand up in support of the dedication and hard work this congress has done for work on something known as ptsd. this congress, as you may know, mr. chairman, has continued its increasing funding overall and by this bill by $125 million. on m
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? >> i was born in texas, and he was at that time -- he was for much of his life a college professor and a teacher, as was my mother, who is still living. and very active, by the way. and he was teaching at a little school called texas a & i in kingsville texas in 1934 before i was born. then we moved before chattanooga tennessee, and he taught there the university of chattanooga in the late 1930s and early 1940's. then in world war ii he went in -- and he taught other schools as well. then he went into the atomic energy commission when they were hiring at oakridge, and became involved in a lot of political and oficial issues there, which had not been his field before. he was a pofessor of english literature. and then after the war, they moved him and our family up here and he worked for the a.e.c. here in washington. so my childhood was spent mostly in tennessee, then in this metro area up through the early 1950's. >> the reason i ask that, your mom was a classic scholar. >> yes. she studied greek and latin at the university of mississippi, which is where my father met her. he had b
, texas voter i.d. law. he also pointed out the travel hardships of those that they face under the law. then he started out with these five words. >> we call those poll taxes. >> that ad lib was used in the jim crow style to deny african-americans to vote and they were ruled unconstitutional by the u.s. supreme court in 1937 and outlawed. still with me, bob franken, joy reid, wade henderson and lizz winstead. >> they deny the african-americans to vote. this is an added burden on those who should have unfettered access to the polls, people who have voted historically with absolutely no problem. to argue that there is a voter fraud issue is to use deceptive tactics to justify these abuses intended to rig the outcome of the election. holder was right. it's because he was a surrogate, a proxy for barack obama. an argument that he's fighting for all americans is real. joe biden touched on that in his remarks. i'd point out that romney ignored it entirely. >> this is aimed much more at his panic voters than african-americans. >> absolutely. >> and in florida they make it very clear this is a
its doors in 1836, in fact, the very week the alamo battle was going on in texas, and until we closed in 2004, it was that love/hate relationship. we're going to go down this way. at one time i think it was a commissary for the building but they also said the whipping post would be down here and there are dungeon cells down here, so that would kind of make sense, so we'll come down here and unlock this. when you come over here, you're going to see the dungeon cells, and remember when i said about conditions of confinement and lack of human rights standards, those types of things. under the auburn system, they could put you in the dungeon cells, and they wouldn't just put one person in the dungeon cell necessarily, they may put five, six, seven, eight, nine people in the dungeon cell with you, and the most infamous individual that did time in the dungeon cells was a man by the name of j.b. firebug johnson. johnson came here and got his reputation and his nickname, firebug, inside this prison because he started several insurrections in here. he burnt down one of the large factories. he
for a campaign? caller: i am 92. i was down with bill and hillary clinton in texas in 1972. host: that's awesome. what were you doing? caller: i was called back into the korean war. i get hot about politics and finding the truth. romney made five different statements last night and none of them were true and they caught it stand corrected it. host: it was nice to hear from you from richmond, michigan, a longtime volunteer. tom is a republican in erie, pennsylvania. hi. caller: good morning. i am not volunteering because i have zero time to do any volunteering because of my work hours. all i can do is send the money. i am sending money to obama whenever i can. host: you are calling on the republican line. caller: i have been a republican 42 years. i am a republican. what i've watched go on with the republican party is disgusting. what people need to start thinking about is these misinformation campaigns from the republicans funded by big money. these people funding money into the republican campaign's they want something for that. we have to step back and look at voter registration laws that are
who say this is the worse drought the state has seen in a decade. in texas they're having the opposite problem. >> it's kind of incredible. we've had about a week's worth of rain. just every day it's been rain, rain, of single morning. >> reporter: the rain refusing to let up around houston. the rising water is a growing concern for homeowners. >> i don't have flood insurance and i just bought the house, but so far we're okay even though down the street they're flooded. in. >> reporter: forecasters say the heavy rain which fell across the gulf coast and southeast will shift towards the tennessee and ohio valleys today and tomorrow. several inches of rain and flash flooding will be possible with the heaviest downpours. in new york anna coyman, fox news. >> shawn, we had that kind of heavy downpour here tuesday night when we had flash flooding in the bloomingdale avenue along rhode island avenue. what we will watch is that potential for the weekend. let me show you behind me this is a doppler estimation of how much rain has fallen. to give you some idea you're looking at the reaus ther
a dozen other states including the state of texas is saying we may not be expanding this. we may not be setting up health care exchanges in our state. and the effect would be effectively to put all of these dollars on the federal government, make obamacare a lot more expensive than it was originally predicted to be and there's also the issue of what happens to these people, say, in florida, for example, there's another 900,000 people who may be eligible for medicaid under obamacare rules. how are they going to be covered going forward? the democrats and the white house are counting on a state hospital organizations to lobby these republicans governors to say no, you really need to do it. we'll see who blinks first on this. >> the issue is all politics are local, right? you have local politicians in these areas saying it's going to crush our local budgets. if you're going to be running and up for re-election this time around, it's not very favorable especially if your budget is under crunch you have to actually talk about the obamacare law and what it's going to do to your local c
on what may have led two chimpanzees in south africa to attack a texas graduate student. we'll have the latest on that story and new images of one of the chimps involved in that attack. >> and among the topics we'll be talking about today, we already know airlines charge extra fees for things lying baggage, food and extra leg room. but how would you feel about paying an extra fee that would allow you off faster when you get to the terminal? >> a florida teen-ager accused of viciously attacking a younger gi girl. prosecutors say it was all because of text messages. kerry sanders in in ft. lauderdale this morning. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. wayne confessed to lawmakers he put on steel toed boots and tracked down the 13-year-old and kicked her repeatedly in the head, the attack so vicious it left her brain dead. his argues lawyer he was not guilty because he was insane at the moment, a psychotic episode triggered by a series of cruel messages. >> wayne sat in court trying as the prosecutor told jurors the teen-agers repeatedly kicked her head while wearing steel toed boot
some dove. >> are you from texas? >> if you don't like lonesome dove, you're in trouble. >> you might have to switch spots today. >> i was going to say lethal weapon but everybody says that, right? >> our "starting point" this morning, breaking news, hazmat crews are on the scene. a spectacular fire, taking place in ohio. a train was pulling several tankers derailed just before 2:00 this morning. the accident happened in the north end of columbus, which is near ohio state university and the ohio state fairgrounds, the explosion and flames could be seen and felt for miles. everyone within a mile of that scene has been ordered to leave their homes because police believe some of those tankers are hauling sulphur. they are worried what could happen to the people and residences nearby. it's a dangerous situation there right now. >>> other big story is on capitol hill. health care reform is front and center as republicans are voting today to try to repeal, try being the operative word there because anybody can tell you it's not going to happen. the vote is mostly symbolic. one lawmake
. amendment number 70 is adopted. are there additional -- spin around to the gentleman from texas over here who seeks recognition. >> i vitamin eamentd at the desk. your amendment number is 74. clerk will distribute amendment number 75. recognized for two minutes and may spread with the discrimination of the. >> thank you. as you knowed in the 2008 farm bill, we passed mandatory country labeling. our friends to the north and south did not think that cool was all that cool and they challenged this piece of legislation in the wto, and the ruling with against u.s. on that. and it was a appealed it was lost and now while the ruling said that the u.s. can keep the cool program it still found the provisions must be changed in order to make the wto compliant. what the amendment does is it just says within ninety days after passage of this legislation effective date, that the secretary shall bring a report as to what their plan is to comply and make the cool wto compliant. very simple and straightforward. i would yield to my good friend mr. scott. >> i move to strike that. thank you mr. chairman.
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